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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 14:15-21)

TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 14:15-21)

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
that Spirit of truth
whom the world can never receive
since it neither sees nor knows him,
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
I will come back to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see me,
because I live and you will live.
On that day
you will understand that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them
will be one who loves me;
and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and show myself to him.’

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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“DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED…”

“DO NOT LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED…”

HOMILY OF ST AUGUSTINE, BISHOP, ON JOHN 14:1-6

A greater attention to God, brethren, must be aroused in us, that we may take in with our minds the words of the holy Gospel which have just now sounded in our ears. For the Lord Jesus said: “Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me.” Lest they should fear death, as men, and so be troubled, he consoles them, testifying that he also is God. “You believe,” he says, “in God, believe also in me. For it follows that if you believe in God, you should also believe in me,” which would not follow if Christ were not God.

YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN HIM WITH WHOM IT IS NATURAL TO BE EQUAL WITH GOD

You believe in God, believe also in him with whom it is natural, not by robbery, to be equal with God; for he emptied himself, not however relinquishing the form of God, but taking the form of a servant. You fear death for this form of a servant. Let not your heart be troubled; the form of God will raise it up.

IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE THERE ARE MANY MANSIONS 

But what is the meaning of this that follows: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions,” unless it was that they also feared for themselves? Therefore, they might have heard: “Let not your heart be troubled.” For which of them would not fear, when it was said to Peter, the readiest and most confident of them all: “The cock shall not crow before you deny me three times?” At the thought that they might fall away from him, they were justly troubled; but when they heard: “In my Father’s house there are many mansions; were it not so, I should have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you,” they were relieved of their anxiety, being certain and confident that after the danger of temptation they would remain in the presence of God with Christ. For although one is stronger than another, one wiser than another, one more righteous than another, one holier than another, “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.” Not one of them shall be estranged from that house, where each will receive a mansion according to his merits.

– St Augustine, Treatise 67 on John, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Words of Wisdom

 

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ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, ALT. FIRST READING (COLOSSIANS 3:14-15.17.23-24)

ST JOSEPH THE WORKER, ALT. FIRST READING (COLOSSIANS 3:14-15.17.23-24)

WHATEVER YOUR WORK IS, PUT YOUR HEART INTO IT AS IF IT WERE FOR THE LORD AND NOT FOR MEN

Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body.

Always be thankful. Never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving.

V. The word of the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

 

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GO, THEREFORE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTISING THEM…

GO, THEREFORE, AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTISING THEM…

HOMILY OF ST JEROME, PRIEST, ON  MATTHEW 28:16-20

After his resurrection, Jesus was seen on a mountain in Galilee, and he was adored there; and though some doubted, their doubts increase our faith. Then he showed himself more openly to Thomas, pointing to his side, wounded with the spear, and to the prints of the nails in his hands. Jesus, coming, spoke to them, saying: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” To him is this power given, who but a little while before had been crucified, buried in the sepulchre, lain there dead, and afterwards had risen again. And power is given to him in heaven and on earth, so that he who before had reigned in heaven, might now also on earth, through the faith of those who believe.

THE NAME OF THE TRINITY IS THE NAME OF THE ONE, ONLY GOD

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” First, they teach all nations, and then, having taught them, they baptise them with water. For the body cannot receive the sacrament of Baptism unless the soul has already received the truth of faith. They are baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, that there may be oneness in the giving, as there is oneness in the divinity; for the name of the Trinity is the name of the one, only God.

“TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU”

“Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This arrangement is important; he commanded the apostles, first to teach all nations, then to steep them in the sacrament of faith, and after imparting faith and administering baptism, to instruct them in the precepts they must observe. And lest we should think these precepts few in number, and of small importance, he added: “All things whatsoever I have commanded you”; so that all those who had believed and been baptised in the Trinity, should do all those things that are commanded. “And behold, I am with you even to the consummation of the world.” He who promises to be with his disciples even to the consummation of the world, also shows them that they will live forever, and that he will never depart from those who believe in him.

– St Jerome, Book 4, Commentary on Matthew; An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2020 in Words of Wisdom

 

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MATER DEI, MATER MEI – GOD’S MOTHER IS MY MOTHER

MATER DEI, MATER MEI – GOD’S MOTHER IS MY MOTHER

DO WE REALLY BELIEVE IT? 

Mary is our Mother. – Most of us realise this fact in a vague sort of way. We have heard it since we were old enough to remember. We have been accustomed to referring to Mary as our Blessed Mother.

Yet, do we really believe it? We have a mother who brought us into the world. Perhaps she is still living. If not, we probably have vivid memories of her. We can’t have two mothers, can we? Mary is our mother in a figurative sense, she is called our mother because she has taken such an interest in us.

That is the way many of us would express our thoughts on the matter if we should ever stop to analyse them.

This attitude, however, is not correct. We do have two mothers, a mother in the natural order and a mother in the supernatural order.

Mary is our mother in the supernatural order. She is really and truly our mother, just as much so as is our mother in the natural order.

MARY MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO RECEIVE SUPERNATURAL LIFE

A mother is one who gives life. Our earthly mother gave us our life in this world, our natural life. Mary has given us the life that elevates our life in this world and flowers in the next, our supernatural life.

After the sin of Adam, our souls were deprived of supernatural life. This life was restored through the Redemption of Christ and Baptism. Mary made it possible for us to receive this life. She did this at Nazareth, on Calvary and at our Baptism.

At Nazareth the angel Gabriel brought to Mary the most wonderful news that has ever been given to any human being. He told her that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God. Mary’s consent was needed, before the Incarnation could take place. She thought of us at that moment. By answering “No” she could have left us in death. By answering “Yes”she could give us life. She gave her consent and the Word was made Flesh. Our Redemption had been made possible.

ABOUT 34 YEARS LATER… 

About 34 years later Mary stood on the hill of Calvary beneath the cross on which her divine Son was giving His life for us. He was dying that we might be delivered from sin and death. Mary united her sacrifice with His. She thought of us, her children, at that moment. She bravely and generously offered her Son to the Father for our salvation. Never did any creature make such a sacrifice. And she did it for us. Mary, ever Virgin, experienced only joy when she brought Jesus into the world. When she gave us our spiritual birth, she underwent the most agonising sorrow.

Again at Baptism Mary gave us spiritual life. It was by her intercession that we had the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Baptism fruitfully .

LIFE WITHOUT END

Because of Mary, then, we can hope to enjoy the eternal happiness of heaven. She has given us our life in the next world. This “is not a passing life like your terrestrial one, but a life without end,” says Father Emil Neubert, S. M., in My Ideal-Jesus, Son of Mary. “Not a life full of imperfections and anguish like our present existence, but a life incomparably happy; not a created life, human or angelical, but – and understand it well – a participation in uncreated life, in the very life of God, the life of the Most Blessed Trinity. And that is why this life will be endless and incomparably happy, because it is a sharing in the eternity and in the beatitude of God.”

So the life that Mary has given us is much greater than the life we are now living. She is truly our spiritual mother.

EACH OF US CAN REPEAT THIS TREMENDOUS TRUTH

St Stanislaus Kostka used to repeat with great happiness, “Mater Dei, Mater mei” – “God’s Mother is my Mother.” Each of us can repeat this tremendous truth.

Mary’s Immaculate Heart was fashioned by her Creator so that God made Man could receive the perfect love of the perfect mother. Mary loves us with the same Immaculate Heart.

Because she loves us so much, she watches over us always. She guards the supernatural life which she has given us. If we should lose our supernatural life by falling into mortal sin, she can obtain for us the grace to recover it…

“God’s Mother is my Mother.” What a world of meaning in those words! What a depth of consolation and hope! If we but heed her pleas, if we but join our prayers with hers, we need have no fears.

From: “The Woman Shall Conquer” by Don Sharkey, Prow Books/Franciscan Marytown Press, Libertyville, IL, 1954

 

 

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ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR

ST FELIX I, POPE AND MARTYR – MEMORIAL: DECEMBER 30

A member of a Roman family, Pope Felix I led the Catholic Church from 5th January 269 to 274. He was the successor of Pope Dionysius. He responded by letter to the Synod of Antioch, reiterating the doctrine of the Trinity. He erected a basilica on the Via Aurelia, and made provision for the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass over the tombs of the martyrs in the crypts of the catacombs and in basilicas built for this purpose. Since he courageously supported the faithful persecuted under Emperor Aurelian, he was martyred for the Faith in 274 and buried in the catacomb of St Callistus on 30th December.

PRAYER:

Eternal Shepherd, look with favour upon your flock. Safeguard and shelter it forevermore through the intercession of blessed Felix, your Martyr and Supreme Pontiff, whom you constituted shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord…

 

 

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PRAYER TO ST ODRAN (ST PATRICK’S CHARIOTEER)

PRAYER TO ST ODRAN (ST PATRICK’S CHARIOTEER)

PRAYER TO ST ODRAN, ST PATRICK’S CHARIOTEER, WHO GAVE HIS OWN LIFE TO SAVE THAT OF HIS MASTER

Blessed Saint Odran, faithful and loyal to God and man! you whose name is almost forgotten by those who owe you an everlasting debt of gratitude, accept our poor thanksgiving, offered in the name of all Ireland, for your noble sacrifice of your life to save that of Ireland’s Apostle.

You had toiled in his service long and devotedly; you had learned what priceless service he could render to God and the Irish land and, when the moment came when he or you should die, by pagan hands, quickly and resolutely you laid down your life, that your master might live and labour for the Divine Master of all.

By your crown of martyrdom, so gloriously won, by your centuries of endless peace and joy, we beseech you to look down on the toiling sons of Ireland and those who try to guide them to their eternal rest. Look down on us all, O blessed Saint! for the love of him whose heart burned with love for Ireland, and pray that the blessing of the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Ghost – may descend on us and remain with us for ever. Amen.

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2019 in Prayers to the Saints

 

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ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

ANGLO-SAXON PRAYER TO THE HOLY TRINITY

I adore thee, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one in Divinity, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty. Thou art the true and only God, and there is no other God but thee.

Thou art to be adored and worshipped, to be feared and reverenced, as three Persons and as One God.

Thou art the same mighty Lord and Omnipotent God who alone knowest the faith and conscience of all men.

O God, be merciful to me a sinner; to me a sinner, who for a very number of my offences am not worthy to raise my eyes to heaven, nor to look up to thee, O God, Father Almighty.

And, O most merciful God the Son, our Maker and our Redeemer, coeternal and coequal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, who camest into this world to save sinners, do thou take pity on me, who am a sinner, weighted down under the burden of all my offences and evil habits.

O God of mercy, take thou from me all my offences, past, present, and future; send down from heaven thy holy helping Spirit, so that my iniquity and my sin may not master me, but that I may have strength to do the penance which is pleasing to thee, and may thus deserve to obtain thy mercy.

O God, who alone art all wise, thou knowest what is best for me a sinner; do with me what seems good in the eyes of thy Majesty.

O loving Father and merciful God, receive the supplications of thy servant; and may the prayers which I, a wretched sinner, offer now in thy sight rise up unto the ears of thy mercy. Amen.

O Holy Trinity, be my stay. Hear me, listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry. Thou art my living God. Thou art my all-holy Protector. Thou art my loving Lord. Thou art my just judge. Thou art my help in time of need. Thou art my guide to the heavenly kingdom. Thou art my true light. Thou art my holy joy. Thou art my ample portion. Thou art my everlasting salvation. Thou art my full life. Thou art my unspotted victory. Thou art my future hope. Thou art my accomplished redemption. Thou art my perfect charity. Thou art my holy resurrection. Thou art my life eternal. Thee I ask, thee I beg, thee I beseech, that I may live for thee; that I may come to thee; that I may rest in thee. Do thou hear me. Listen to my prayer, hearken to my cry, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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AFTER FIRST COMMUNION SHE GAINED MORE SELF-CONTROL AS SHE DEEPENED HER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD: ST ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY

AFTER FIRST COMMUNION SHE GAINED MORE SELF-CONTROL AS SHE DEEPENED HER UNDERSTANDING OF GOD: ST ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY

She had a terrible temper as a child

On 16th October, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Canonisation, giving the church some new saints. One of these is St Elizabeth of the Trinity. She was born in 1880 in the military base at Avord in France. Her father was a Captain. St Elizabeth was baptised in the chapel of the military base. Sadly, her father died when St Elizabeth was seven years old and the family moved to Dijon. St Elizabeth had a terrible temper as a child, but after receiving her First Holy Communion she was able to gain more self-control as she deepened her understanding of God.

She gained an understanding of the Most Holy Trinity

She also gained a profound understanding of the Most Holy Trinity, which she cultivated in ardent devotion. St Elizabeth started to visit the sick, sing in the church choir and taught religion to the young people who worked at the local factories. As she grew older, St Elizabeth became interested in entering the Discalced Carmelite Order, though her mother was very much against this. St Elizabeth declined marriage from several men because of the desire that she had for religious life.

A fulfilled life of selfless, loving service

St Elizabeth entered the Dijon Carmel in 1901. She said, “I find Him everywhere while doing the washing as well as while praying.” Realising that she had become very ill, she also said: “I think in heaven my mission will be to draw souls by helping them to go out of themselves in order to cling to God by a wholly simple and loving movement, and to keep in the great silence within which will allow God to communicate Himself to them and transform them into Himself.” Her spirituality is considered to be remarkably similar to that of her contemporary St Therese of Lisieux, who was also in Carmel. The two saints shared a zeal for the salvation of souls. St Elizabeth died at the young age of 26, having contracted Addison’s disease. Though her death was painful, St Elizabeth gratefully accepted her suffering as a gift from God. Her last words were: “I am going to Light, to Love, to Life.”

St Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, 2016

 

 

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ON THE PERFECT UNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY

ON THE PERFECT UNITY OF THE HOLY TRINITY

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Homily of St Gregory of Nazianzen

Every Catholic knows that the Father is truly Father, the Son truly Son, the Holy Spirit truly Holy Spirit; as the Lord himself says to the apostles: “Go and baptise all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This is the perfect Trinity in unity, which we profess to be of one substance. For we cannot admit division in God, as though he were a body; but according to the power of the divine nature, which is immaterial, we both believe they are truly distinct persons, and testify to the unity of the divinity.

We do not say, as some have imagined, that the Son of God is the extension of some part of the divinity; nor do we hold that he is a word without reality, like the sound of a voice; but we believe the three names and three persons to be of one essence, majesty and power. Therefore, we confess one God: because the unity of majesty does not allow us to speak of several gods.

Finally, according to the Catholic faith, we speak of the Father and the Son: but we neither can, nor should, say they are two gods. Not indeed that the Son of God is not God, rather he is true God of true God; but because we know that the Son of God is from none other than the one Father himself, therefore, we speak of one God. This is the doctrine delivered to us by the prophets and apostles; and taught by the Lord himself when he says: “I and the Father are one.” When he says: “one,” it refers to the unity of the divinity, as I have already said; but the word: “are” indicate the Persons.

– St Gregory Nazianzen, Treatise on Faith, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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